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The Genre Of Clowning The genre of clowning actually originates from Greece where satires had begun originating slowly as time went by The art of satire was challenged throughout the years to form the various forms of clowning we have today A clown must have certain abilities or skills to master its comedy upon the audience It is a profession that requires delicate detail precise movements and of course a reaction The costume for every type of comedy is extremely different Commedia DellArte for example required masks for each of the characters the masks obviated the use of face expression and communication therefore making the characters more puppet like relying more upon the use of voice and gesture Masks were not only used in Commedia DellArte but also in other forms of Greek and Roman dramas Other forms of comedy usually consist of costumes focusing on the clowns main faults andor pertaining the clowns own personality Not only is costume used to make an impression on the audience when first sighting the clown but also the make-up must be done right to enhance whether the clown is happy sad evil or falls into another category of personality The make-up also provides great detail and in a way is a more modern format of the masks used in Greece and Rome during the 15th Century When one thinks of clowning the instant image in mind is the thought of clowns in a circus performing acrobatic acts and leaving the crowd in awe This is usually most typical for more physical clowns such as The Three Stooges Though they do not look like the everyday circus clowns they perform back flips somersaults and portray it all as clumsiness A clown does not always need to impress an audience by acrobatics but just by wit though some audiences are more captivated by the appearance of a physical act A physical act adds more
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